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Canada ready to push back against Joe Biden’s Buy American pledge, trade minister says

Aug 3 2021 — — The minister responsible for international trade says Canada is well-positioned and ready to push back against a proposed massive new infrastructure bill that strengthens U.S. President Joe Biden’s Buy American pledge. The U.S. Senate on Monday began debating the $1 trillion USD spending plan, which promises historic investments in everything from the nation’s railways to […]

U.S. protectionism poses threat to Canadian canola

Jun 21 2021 — Alex Binkley — Biden needs to press for international trade reform.   Ottawa—Buy America and other protection measures being considered in Washington pose a threat to Canadian farmers who export to the U.S., says Dave Carey, Vice-President of Government and Industry Relations for the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). Canadian agriculture is heavily export oriented and that makes […]

U.S. seeks to double tariff rates against most Canadian softwood lumber

May 21 2021 — — The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking to double tariff rates against most Canadian softwood producers even as lumber prices hover around record highs. In a decision on Friday for preliminary new rates, the Commerce Department raised the combined duties for most Canadian lumber producers to 18.32 per cent, compared with the current 8.99 per […]

Canada has key role to play in U.S. economic recovery, Ng tells free-trade meeting

May 18 2021 — — Canada’s international trade minister is making her country’s best case for being a central player in American efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary Ng is taking part in the inaugural meetings of the Free Trade Commission, which oversees the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexican Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier is also taking part […]

Sofas, recliners from Vietnam, China under tariffs up to 300% by CBSA

May 18 2021 — — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has placed temporary tariffs on sofas and chairs coming in from China and Vietnam and are flooding the market. In an email to Global News, the agency said an investigation is currently taking place for dumped and subsidized products arriving from both countries.

Canada, U.S. air trade grievances in advance of trilateral meeting to talk USMCA

May 17 2021 — — Canada and the United States have put their respective grievances on the table in advance of a key meeting about the new North American trade deal. International Trade Minister Mary Ng met virtually Monday with her American counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Ng says she raised Canada’s concerns about President Joe Biden’s protectionist Buy […]

Canada-U.S. trade faces ‘critical moment’ that demands urgent action, businesses warn

Apr 13 2021 — — North American trade is facing a “critical moment” in the ongoing aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, say Canadian business leaders as they embark on a concerted campaign to fortify ties with the United States. The new Canada-U.S. “road map” partnership is the ideal platform to start reinforcing existing relationships and confronting some long-standing irritants — […]

Free trade deal with Europe isn’t working for the agrifood sector

Mar 25 2021 — Alex Binkley — Canada needs to convince the EU to tackle non-tariff trade barriers.   Ottawa—The opportunities the free trade deal with the European Union was to deliver haven’t born fruit for the agrifood sector because of numerous national non-tariff barriers in Europe, says the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). It wants the Joint Committee that oversees the […]

Canada ratifying trade continuity agreement with the UK

Mar 22 2021 — Alex Binkley — Work on a permanent agreement is next.   Ottawa—Canada has ratified a trade continuity agreement with the United Kingdom following approval of legislation by Parliament and it should be in effect by April 1, says International Trade Minister Mary Ng. The agreement became necessary because of the UK’s exit from the European Union and “will […]

Trump takes a final shot at Canada with CUSMA dairy complaint

Dec 15 2020 — Alex Binkley — Government says it’s adhering to the terms of the trade agreement.   Ottawa—Donald Trump’s dislike for Canada’s supply management system manifested itself during the CUSMA negotiations and his administration has taken a parting shot at it. It filed a request for consultations with Canada over how it distributed quotas on imports of U.S. dairy products. […]